The long term objective of this project is to modify the Calvin Bolt in such a way that represents Calvin engineering to perspective and current students. However, the short term objective is to begin a platform in which every year a senior design team works in-depth on a portion of the vehicle to meet the long term objective of creating a functional and reliable vehicle. The creation of this platform opens the opportunity for future interested students to work with a vehicle for senior design as well as meeting the current long term objective.
This project is focused on improving the Calvin Bolt's steering and (front) braking systems. Team 5 will go in depth on the design of each of these systems and improve what we can. If there is adequate time remaining, the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle will be improved as well as possibly additions of a few bells and whistles such as the utility of documentation software. To do this, the Calvin Bolt must be safe to ride in and designed so that it can be modified and improved upon by future senior design teams. The following are three specifications how our team will breakdown the approach.
The steering system is one of the aspects that came up short during last year's test drive and needs to be improved. We will look into the options of different steering systems and which of them would work best and be most suitable for the forces that this vehicle will be under during its operation.
The braking system is also one of the major issues that were pointed out by the Calvin Bolt 2.0 Team, which it was not as effective as they expected. A possible cause is suspected by lack of a sufficient pressure through the brake lines. To avoid repeating the same mistakes from last year, our team will test the vehicle multiple times and exam components of the braking mechanism thoroughly.
Documentation software is a method of storing information for future senior design teams who will continue working on the Calvin Bolt. In case which this project is going to be extended for the next four years, everything that has been done through the design process needs to be documented in a proper way as future senior design teams can use our calculation, including uncertainties, for their future. We will look more program options based on software packages that Calvin owns.
Trust To build a firm credibility with future senior design teams, we must provide reliable analytical results so they can re-use.
Integrity Not only being honest to each other, but each team member should be able to build good reputation with engineering professors.
Stewardship In management wise, the team should not consider this project for one time use. By taking the educational intention of Calvin's mission and the philosophy of Calvin Engineering department, we consider this project as a way to succeeding the service-learning and hands-on experiences in God.
Perseverance This project is one of the middle process of Calvin Engineering's long term plan. No predestination cannot be allowed.